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domcrap wrote:

1) Fresh-squeezed orange juice, or wine?

2) I noticed that Zendo is your only perfect 10. What do you think of Kory Heath's other games?

3) Boxers, or briefs?

4) God has created an extra day for you this weekend. Choose one of the following games to play during your extra day and explain why you chose it.
- Dune
- Through the Ages
- Runewars
- Stronghold

5) Ameritrash, or Eurosnoot?

6) If your favorite game designer could take one game, and give it a make-over, which game would it be?

7) Chipotle, or Starbucks?



1. Fresh squeezed orange juice. Especially if it has pulp. I'm also not really a drinker, so that makes the choice easier.

2. And here is where I am a bit bad. I haven't played any of his other games. Usually if I really like a design, I'll seek out or at least be aware of other games by the designer. However, Zendo less feels that it was designed by someone and more feels like it is something that just always was. So in that respect, I give a lot of credit to the design to feel so beyond mechanics, but the drawback is that it just doesn't feel designed and instead feels like it simply is.

3. Boxer briefs. Unless I'm wearing a kilt. Then never, ever anything.

4. Dune. I don't get it to the table enough as is. I really wish that I had more opportunity to play it.

5. Ameritrash. I respect both genres and enjoy games from each, but there is a different satisfaction gained from rolling double sixes to pull out a surprise victory and hold onto a beleaguered territory against superior attackers than there is from setting up the perfect efficient engine that generates and sells my dark brown and light brown cubes 10% more efficiently than my opponent's engine.

6. Well, since Ignacy said that he never feels finished with a design, I'd be curious to see what came out of his continual tweaking of Stronghold.

7. Hm. I don't drink coffee and I don't like Mexican food. I suppose I'll have to choose Starbucks, however, because at least there I could get some nice, non-threatening New Age-y music CDs. Plus, while I'm not a big chain-corporation person, I have to say, I don't mind a lot of Starbucks' positions and policies compared to a lot of what it out there.
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Hungadunga wrote:

Of the wargames you've played, given you have willing participants to play it with you, which one would be your favorite?


Again, it depends on if you allow the "fringe" wargames to count.

If so, Twilight Struggle would be on the top of the list. Also up there is Dune, which is a little more "traditional" of a wargame than TS.


cnidius wrote:

one question about stronghold - which role you prefer, defender or attacker?


If there is one flaw of Stronghold that still stands out to me, it is that the Defender's role is too static. The set up is always the same, while the Invader chooses cards and sets the entire pace of the game. While this isn't really a bad thing, once you've played the game a couple dozen times, you start to really crave seeing what you can do with it. As the Invader, the ability to try a new strategy or combination is much more pronounced. So I like the Invader's role because of the versatility, as well as the fact that you are much more in charge of the pace of the entire game. Another way of looking at it is: Long Term Strategic Planning (Invader) vs. Short Term Tactically Reacting to the Immediate (Defender).


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What's your favourite Bowie album?


Wow. You might as well just ask me what my favorite board game is.

Other than Ashes to Ashes, his 80's albums don't do it for me. They're fine with catchy tunes, but are ultimately light and fluffy pop (much like most 80's pop). I like the last half of the 70's experimental albums, but they have such a different feel that they could hardly be my favorites. I'm also a big fan of the Trent Reznor influenced 90's work.

And while I love every song off of Ziggy Stardust (and Rock and Roll Suicide is just plain amazing), I kind of like the dirtier feel of Diamond Dogs.

So there. I go with Diamond Dogs. Today. At this moment. Had I answered it a day from now, it very easily might have been a different answer.
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Congrats

a) Have you ever been to Spain or The Netherlands?
b) What game in my collection would you like to have in yours?
c) What game in my collection you dont like?
d) If you could save just three of your games... what games would you keep and why?
e) Brunetes, blondes or redheads (boys or girls, whatever your taste is)?


Happy week as GW
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Congrats Charles!

d10-1What is your favourite colour when playing a boardgame?
d10-2Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
d10-3Do you play an instrument? If yes, which one and for how long already?
d10-4Having fun?
d10-5What would have been your name if your parents didn't name you Charles?
d10-6What is your favourite snack?
d10-7 What is your favourite day of the week?
d10-8What is your favourite time of day?
d10-9 What character would you be in a Star Trek setting?
d10-1d10-0 What makes you "tick" (inspires you, why do you get up in the morning)?
d10-1d10-1 What is your life-long dream?

Enjoy your week!
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Gelete wrote:

a) Have you ever been to Spain or The Netherlands?
b) What game in my collection would you like to have in yours?
c) What game in my collection you dont like?
d) If you could save just three of your games... what games would you keep and why?
e) Brunetes, blondes or redheads (boys or girls, whatever your taste is)?



a) I have not, though I would love to travel through a lot of Europe. I do have a sword from Spain, however, which was given to my by my old girlfriend who went on a trip there. But that's the closest I've been unfortunately.

b) Crokinole. I would love to have a good board to play with my daughter on. Though I am sorely tempted to say Eclipse... but I can wait the couple of months for the reprint... I think.

c) Actually, I really like your collection. However, I traded away my copy of Stone Age. I just didn't do anything that I could find in other games and it never made it to the table after a bit. So I'd probably say that would be the weakest link in your collection for me.

d)
1. Dune, because I made the board, cards and components myself and it was a lot of work.
2. Risk: Legacy because my wife currently has more signatures on the board than I do. If I had more signatures, I might let it burn and could at least declare that I had won when we lost the game.
3. Battlestar Galactica. Sure it would be easier to replace, but there is something about my worn set that gives me comfort.

e)I just recently broke down what attracts me to someone and it explains my answer to your question:

First, are the eyes. I'll notice the eyes first and I've fallen in love through eyes. They are so expressive and amazing to look at and a beautiful set of eyes will fascinate me.

Second is the mouth. I tend to like mouths that are a little unusual though. Mouths that are a little too large for the face, thin lips, a crooked smile--these things give so much character to a person's face and makes them stand out with another feature that is so expressive and telling about a person.

Third is the skin. Skin of all colors is beautiful, but smooth, pale skin really does something for me. While I am not turned off by tattoos or art, and some of it can be really interesting, beautiful and telling, if you have smooth pale skin, I would prefer that the natural beauty to show through and not have it marked with tattoos.

That being said, gingers usually always fulfill the last of my three things that attract me to a person. Because of that natural advantage, I'll usually go for a ginger before any of the others.
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Narl wrote:

d10-1What is your favourite colour when playing a boardgame?
d10-2Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
d10-3Do you play an instrument? If yes, which one and for how long already?
d10-4Having fun?
d10-5What would have been your name if your parents didn't name you Charles?
d10-6What is your favourite snack?
d10-7 What is your favourite day of the week?
d10-8What is your favourite time of day?
d10-9 What character would you be in a Star Trek setting?
d10-1d10-0 What makes you "tick" (inspires you, why do you get up in the morning)?
d10-1d10-1 What is your life-long dream?



1. Yellow. Always yellow. If I am not playing yellow and someone else is, I will consistently forget and accidentally move their pieces thinking they are my own.
2. Autumn. I would pick spring, but my allergies are worst then. So I get the weather that is not too hot and not too cold, but without the sneezing.
3. No, but I took cello lessons for a short while.
4. Yes. I was actually a bit stressed about being picked for Geek of the Week because I was worried about not having enough time. But I'm enjoying it so far.
5. Well, my father had wanted to name me Seth. So it probably would have been that.
6. For as much junk as I can eat, I have to say that if strawberries or raspberries are present, I'll eat them over chips or other junk food. But the second they are gone, I'm a gluttonous pig for crap that I shouldn't eat.
7. Saturday. It's the one day where everyone that matters to me doesn't have work or school and its a full day with no other obligations to start an adventure on where we don't have to worry about getting up too early the next day.
8. I wake up early. Very early. I just can't sleep in. So I like that time as it is a bit of time just for me to get things done. I'm most productive during these hours.
9. I was never a big Trek guy, except for that I love Deep Space Nine. I know it's the redheaded stepchild of the Trek universe, but I love it. And for all of the characters I love, I don't think that any encapsulate me well enough. Though I'd probably be a Bajoran.
10. As cliché and hack as it sounds, it's my daughter. She's my happy place and why I do so much that I do. Before that, it was my wife. Hopefully she doesn't mind being bumped out of that role for me.
11. I struggle with this every day of late. I love my work and in so many ways, what I do defines me and gives me pride. But I struggle with long term goals of it. The further I advance, the further away I always move from the hands on with the Autistic population that I love. So I'll cop out and say, "to raise an intelligent, thoughtful daughter who is her own person and has a chance to explore and experience as much of life as she wishes."
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Well, my "productive period" of the morning is over. Time for work. Thanks so far to everyone for the wishes! I'll be back later.
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Congratulations!

My usual questions:
- What RPG's did you play?
- Have you ever visited the RPG side of the site?
- Will you congratulate you're RPGG and VGG counterpart?

Have fun this week and may you play many games.
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Barad_the_dwarf wrote:

My usual questions:
- What RPG's did you play?
- Have you ever visited the RPG side of the site?
- Will you congratulate you're RPGG and VGG counterpart?



Okay. One more before work.

1. I'll play just about any RPG. While setting makes a game more or less interesting to me, I have to say that a good GM can make any game interesting. But notable RPGs that I've played would be: D&D, AD&D, AD&D 2nd Edition, D&D 3.0, D&D 3.5, Call of Cthulhu, Call of Cthulhu Dark Ages, Call of Cthulhu d20, Marvel Superheroes, In Nomine, Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, Wraith, Changeline, Vampire Dark Ages, Werewolf Wild West, The Whispering Vault, Deadlands, Star Wars RPG. And, more often than not, I was the one running the game.

However, despite my saying that a GM could make any system shine, I have no interest in D&D 4.0. They really dropped the ball on that system and rather than focusing on having players make their characters interesting, they instead decided to focus on making sure that everyone had something to do at all times. That's well and good, but I'd rather be worthless in one combat, but play it out interestingly and make good decisions in character than instead just use my one-per-encounter action. There are times that you should just do what you think a character should do. D&D 4.0 really pushes for a player to instead search his sheet to click an action that isn't on cool down.

Oh, also I've run the Mouse Guard RPG for my daughter. I still intend on writing a session report for that one...

2. Yes, I have. And when RPGGeek came about, I went through all of my books and submitted them all. I think I helped fill out the libraries with my RPG OCD collections. That said, I visit there as a user much less often. I tend to buy and trade more board games and need to find out what is going on between them. However, with RPGs, I've been running one Call of Cthulhu campaign for over a year now. Before that, it was a single D&D game I was running over the course of 5 or so years. Since I make up a lot of the stories myself, I find myself needing fewer RPG supplements. Perhaps I'll grab one here or there for inspiration, but I would probably use RPGGeek much more if I was searching out a new system. But right now, I want to focus all of my attention on my current campaign.

3. Of course! And I will do so personally on their threads when I return from work.
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My questions:

d10-0 How did you meet BGG ?

d10-1 What are the qualities of a good player ?

d10-2 What is your favorite ABSTRACT GAME ?

d10-3 Can you describe yourself as a gammer ?

d10-4 Do you have any unfulfilled dream ?

d10-5 Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet ?

d10-6 Why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive ?

d10-7 Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle ?

Enjoy your week.
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DanielCG wrote:
d10-0 How did you meet BGG ?

d10-1 What are the qualities of a good player ?

d10-2 What is your favorite ABSTRACT GAME ?

d10-3 Can you describe yourself as a gammer ?

d10-4 Do you have any unfulfilled dream ?

d10-5 Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet ?

d10-6 Why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive ?

d10-7 Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle ?



0. Someone at the EPGS had mentioned a game I wasn't familiar with and told me to look it up on boardgamegeek. And so I did. And I haven't stopped looking up things since.

1. An ability to lose or take things in stride when things don't go their way. We all have bad games and we all get frustrated. But it's how you carry it and if you let it go once then pieces are put away that is important. But maintaining that frustration level during a game is important as well. There was a game of Dune that I played where I was able to pull off the right combination of cards and leaders to win a battle that I probably should have lost otherwise. Once this was realized the other player let out an angry shout and stomped away from the game to cool down. Once he came back, he finished the game (and later, he and I allied to co-win the game), but it just left a bit of an uneasy cloud that lingered over the table. Especially with games like Dune, I don't want my moves to be affected even subconsciously on whether or not I'll upset the other player.
And this is very important to me because most games I play are with my wife and I like to share a bed with her. So, fortunately, she has the ability to shrug off in-game attacks or betrayals and not let it affect us outside of games.

2. I love theme in games. As such, I'm not a huge fan of most abstract games, so this is a tough one. However, I suppose I would classify Zendo as an abstract game, so I'll go with that.

3. I think that my opponents would have to be the ones to describe me better; or at least more accurately.

4. Yes. Because as long as I'm able to think, I'm able to dream about more things to try. Honestly, life is there to explore and enjoy. Since there is so much out there, I doubt that I'll ever come close to exploring everything.

5. Because they are feet and are ugly and really there is no reason to describe them in any more detail than necessary.

6. Ah, but you don't. State issued ID can be used to prove age, but don't allow you to drive.

7. Because the solvent inside of it cannot evaporate while it is inside of the bottle.
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Re: Geek of the Week #340 - thinwhiteduke
You said that you often game in the evening with your wife instead of watching television. I'm curious as to what sort of a gaming schedule you have? Most evenings? All weekend? Only when there's a full moon?
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Congrats! A sorta local GOTW for me. I grew up in Hazleton before I moved to Chambersburg -- do you ever game down that way? My dad's still in Hazleton, but he's more of a Grognard. He does enjoy some of the same games. Twilight Struggle, Labrynith, 1960, We the People.
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Trump wrote:
You said that you often game in the evening with your wife instead of watching television. I'm curious as to what sort of a gaming schedule you have? Most evenings? All weekend? Only when there's a full moon?


Well, our gaming schedule varies. There is very little on teevee that we watch and out of the shows we do follow, our DVR has freed up our schedule. I would say that we would grab a game or two and play them maybe two or three weeknights a week. And usually if we were going to play a game together, we would try to also squeeze in a game with my daughter first.

For weekends, our schedules change a bit. There is a gaming group that meets up this way every month and we try to plan to be there for that. We also are good friends with the couple that organizes the game day and we'll usually try to get together with them at least a couple of times a month to hang out and play games.

If we are spending the weekend down visiting family and friends in the Philadelphia area, we usually try to get together with our friend Mike one night, and then get our group together to either have a big boardgame night or to continue our Call of Cthulhu campaign. We try to make it down to Philadelphia once a month or so.

And, while all of this sounds like a lot of gaming (and it is compared to some), things have slowed a bit when it comes to boardgames as my wife has also really gotten back into Warcraft of late. So if we're not playing a boardgame, we're probably playing Warcraft together.

I have the best "quality time" with my wife.
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sigtaulefty wrote:
Congrats! A sorta local GOTW for me. I grew up in Hazleton before I moved to Chambersburg -- do you ever game down that way? My dad's still in Hazleton, but he's more of a Grognard. He does enjoy some of the same games. Twilight Struggle, Labrynith, 1960, We the People.


I live outside of Wilkes-Barre, but I work in the schools in Hazleton, so I'm rather familiar with it. I haven't actually gamed up that way though, but it is not that far away and would have no problem finding my way up there to play, especially for a good game of Twilight Struggle...
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